Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (Known As Kidpower)

Rating: 4.84 stars   142 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Crime & Law, Bullying

Location: PO Box 1212 Santa Cruz CA 95061 USA

Mission: Vision: To work together to create cultures of caring, respect and safety for everyone, everywhere. Mission: To teach people of all ages and abilities how to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves.
Results: Kidpower has served over 2 million people with empowering and effective self-protection, confidence-building, advocacy, and personal safety skills. People who have participated in our programs and used our educational materials have said that our programs have prepared them and the people important to them to build better relationships and protect themselves from most bullying, abuse, assault, and abduction.
Target demographics: Kidpower serves people of all ages and abilities, especially children in need, individuals with disabilities, and survivors of domestic violence and childhood abuse.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 through workshops and over 200,000 through educational resources
Geographic areas served: We serve people locally, across the US, and around the world through trainings, educational resources, and consultations. Our US Centers include: California (offices in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area including Peninsula, East Bay, South Bay, North Bay; Monterey Bay, Los Angeles, and San Diego), Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas. and Vermont. Our international Centers include Argentina, Canada (British Columbia and Quebec), Germany, India, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam,We also have Advocates working with our organization in Pakistan, South Africa, and Vietnam.
Programs: Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International provides an extensive free on-line Library used by individuals and organizations worldwide; affordable publications used by families, schools, and youth organizations for their own bullying and abuse prevention programs; and positive and practical workshops. Our organization provides curriculum development, training of instructors, quality assurance, and center development support for our services everywhere. Within California, we organize and teach workshops through offices in different communities. Last year, internationally, Kidpower served an estimated 50,000 children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, through our People Safety skills workshops, parent education, training of professionals, and educational resources. About 40% were served through direct workshops and an estimated 60% were served through our educational resources. Of everyone served, over 20,000 were in California, and 30,000 were in different locations around the US and the world.
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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I loved that we all learnt skills that can be used not only in potentially dangerous situations but in everyday life. My children now have strategies to deal with their interactions with each other, family members and their friends.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that my children interact with each other when things are not going well. In many cases this is just sorting through the brother sister daily rivalry

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the teaching style, friendliness and the way my children 'GOT' the skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My daughter, who was the victim of a murder attempt at school, has taken both Kidpower and Teenpower classes. She learned so much so fast, so many skill to keep her safe in so many different situations, from bullying to kidnapping attempts from insults to assault, and all in a warm, caring, nurturing environment. She made a 100% turn-around from a shy, frightened, anxious child, to a confident, skilled, relaxed child. The price is quite inexpensive, just to cover costs, and the amazing instructors are all volunteers. Because they care. If every person had the opportunity to take a Kidpower workshop, the world would be a safer place for everyone. I particularly like the fact that Kidpower will work with anyone - young child, teen, elderly, people in wheelchairs, the mentally handicapped. Why? Because everyone deserves the right to feel safe.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The change in my duaghter's life, her attitude, and her ability to stay safe.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

For over more than 15 years, I'm engaged with the team of Kidpower in Montréal. My work, as volunteer took place after I personnaly had many classes with them. A wonderful experience, again and again. Confucius said something like "Honorable mean start by doing what he wants to teach and that teach it". All people from this organization that I had met - from all over the world - just simply apply to this. Be what you teach and that's an everyday lesson for me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a powerful woman, knowing how to stand for myself and others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I took a full force class through Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower. It was amazing :-) When I walked into the class I was scared, nervous and really did not want to be there. By the end of the day I was still nervous but very excited to see that I had more power then I thought I had. They taught me to walk with my head held high and be proud. I re-discovered all kinds of things that should have been common sense but for some reason I was no longer able to see. I ended up loving every minute of the course. The instructors where enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very sympathetic to my situation they took to the time to help me (not just me but everybody that was there). I have been able to teach my daughter some of the things that they taught me. The skills that I learned are skills that everybody should know. I will be taking more classes with them. I will also be taking my daughter to classes as well. I would recommend there classes to anybody. The impact that they had on me will be long lived. I walked in scared and nervous and walked out proud and tall. I would endorse Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower with every ounce of my being, for everybody that would like to learn every day safety skills, boundary setting, full force safety skill… This class that I took covered all of those things and more. I can’t say enough about the whole experience. Two major thumbs up to say the least.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Before taking this class I was scared and nervous in public settings. I can now take my daughter to the parc and enjoy it. The confidence that they gave me is amazing. The skill that I learned are priceless.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They were kind and knowledgeable. They had a way of making you feel at ease and instil in you that you could do it. They believed in me even when I did not.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Every background

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am from Germany and I went to several instructor trainings to become a Kidpower instructor. From Germany it is a long way to go to CA and the flights are really expensive but for me it was always worth to do that. I learned a lot in the instructor trainings not only to teach children how to stay safe also for my whole life how I can protect myself and how to cope with difficult situations. Thanks a lot Kidpower!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am extremely impressed with their trainings.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Very supportive. I am extremely impressed with their trainings. Thank you for helping me learn how to stay safe!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Very negative experience. The price is outrageous, esp. for a group of very young kids. The teaching is so common sense. We learned more from our American Girls book. My girlfriend could not make it because her child was sick, and she was told if they gave her a refund they would be below their break even cost. Uh - really? Donated space, one instructor, and $60 per kid for a room full of kids? The snack is water and crackers? And you can't refund for a parent of a sick child? The instructor was arrogant, reciting a canned speech, and would not take questions. Overall, a 100% negative experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a sucky workshop.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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Irene vdZ (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

I am sorry “Beth-s” had such a bad experience and sent one private message through this site to see if she wanted a refund, as this review is the only thing we’ve heard about her concern. As the reviews here show, most people have a terrific workshop experience with Kidpower and of course we want to find out what went wrong so we can fix it. There is a tremendous amount of time and expense involved in training our staff and organizing our workshops in order to make our services available. Our fees are heavily subsidized by volunteer time and donations on the part of many people, and we do not turn anyone away from our public workshops for lack of money. Many of our workshops have waiting lists. If a child is sick and the parents contact us even a little in advance of the workshop, we transfer the fee as credit to another workshop. We also transfer credit if there is a family emergency. And, of course, we offer a refund or another workshop if someone is not satisfied with our services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was mesmerized from the beginning. The training provided great insight and extremely powerful, realistic tools for children, and all people to take the power they have to care for themselves. I must admit the training brought up many feelings of powerlessness from my childhood, with a sort of joy and sadness that such tools were not available to me then. I love the idea that no one is powerless and that the right tools can make you strong.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowlege provided to a group of young counselors of special needs people at a summer camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our children would live in a much safer world if all kids and parents had the opportunity to receive Kidpower instruction at schools and other community locations. The only limit is funding!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Teaching my children, the kids in my daycare, and the girls in my Girl Scout Troop, based on what I learned at one Kidpower parent training workshop.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Kidpower presents practical training for children and families to learn how to be safe without being afraid. Kidpower also comes to schools to work with teachers, parents, and students. Highly recommended!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own awareness of people safety and how to establish boundaries.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their commitment to serve children, teenagers, special populations, and adults by strengthening self-respect and safe boundaries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

just outstanding human beings, mothers, teachers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the world a safer place, one child at a time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My kids attended Kidpower sessions and I was so impressed at the effectivness of the training. They really know what they are doing. The role-playing and practice means that kids not only know what to do, but will actually do it in a stressfull situation. I felt my kids were much safer after attending the sessions. This is a super program!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that my kids really knew what to do if someone approached them or was inappropriate and I felt they would actually be able to respond as they were taught.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

 
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